First Crush: Food, Drinks & Fun for Charity

First Crush: Food, Drinks & Fun for Charity
First Crush Charity Gala 2015

One of the most well-attended charity events in Tempe returns this Friday, promising guests a fun evening of local entertainment, food and drinks. Proceeds from the 12th annual First Crush Charity Gala will benefit Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA), a local charity that serves people facing a variety of difficult situations, including hunger, poverty and homelessness. Not only is this year’s First Crush Charity Gala an opportunity to raise funds for those in need, it’s also a chance to celebrate TCAA’s 50th anniversary.

“First Crush is our signature fundraising event and proceeds benefit TCAA’s comprehensive programs that provide hunger relief, prevent and eliminate homelessness, support senior independence, and prepare mothers and infants for strong beginnings,” said Deborah Arteaga, TCAA’s Executive Director.  “TCAA programs include Tempe’s largest food pantry, the city’s sole homeless shelter resource, emergency assistance with housing and utilities, two community gardens, three senior centers, and home-based health outreach for young families.”

Arteaga recently joined TCAA as its new Executive Director. This will be her first First Crush event and she says she’s looking forward to thanking supporters and partners while raising funds to meet future needs in the community.

“First Crush is a celebration,” declared Arteaga. “We’re celebrating TCAA’s  incredible 50-year period of service to the community and celebrating the community’s 50-year involvement in our mission – together we’re alleviating hunger, poverty and homelessness in Tempe and beyond.”

This year’s event will be held at Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park. Attendees may sample food from local restaurants including M Culinary Concepts, Snooze an A.M. Eatery and more. Four Peaks Brewing Company will provide wine and beer.

Tickets are normally $100 each, but organizers announced a “flash sale” of discounted tickets for $85 each between now and Thursday, October 20th at 8:00 a.m. The event is scheduled this Friday, October 21 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. Silent auction items will be available for bid and a raffle tickets may be purchased for the chance to win the getaway of your choice from several available destinations such as Ultimate Pro Sports Fan Getaway, a Puntacana Resort & Club Caribbean Paradise Getaway, or a Fairmont Chateau Whistler Ski Getaway.

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.


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